Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive

  • Developer: Spellbound Entertainment
  • Genre: Strategy/Wargame
  • Originally on: Windows (2001)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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Game Overview

At the time it was released in 2001, Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive was a huge deal. This is a strategy game that shows, you can have a great deal of action and cinematic flair with a strategy game. I am a huge fan of this series and pretty much anything that is set in the Old West. Even now, near 20 years later this is a game I can have a great deal of fun with.

It’s All the Same

The story of the game is awesome and like something out of a movie. Set close to the Mexican border, there have been a string of train robberies by an elite gang of bandits. No one is willing to stand up to them until a bounty hunter and badass called, John Cooper rolls into town offering to do so…. For a ton of money of course. John puts together an epic team to take down the bandits, but the story takes many twists and turns and not everything is as it originally seems. This game is awesome from a story point of view and I have played through it a few times and always enjoyed it.

Only The Name’s Will Change

The gameplay of Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive is very similar to the Commandos games. Each mission/level has you needing to think about each move that you do before you do it. John Cooper has put together an awesome team. You have Sam who is your explosives expert, Doc who is your physician, and who is also handy with a sniper rifle, you also have Kate who can seduce any man into doing what she wants. Each character has their own set of skills and abilities and it is how you use these that get you through each mission. Enemies will patrol around, so you have to use each location to your advantage to try and avoid an all-out gunfight for as long as possible. The controls could not be any easier to figure out which I like. It is the strategy that is the tough part and that is what a game like this should be.

Everyday, It Seems We're Wastin' away

As much as I love Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive I will admit that once you have beaten the game, there is not exactly a ton of replay value. Now, you can go about missions’ different ways if you want. However, I always revert to the same strategies as I know that they work. I can see why some people have beaten this game once and then never bothered to go back and play it again. There is nothing wrong with a game being a one and done kind of thing I guess, but I am sure it will bother some people.

I will admit that I think the two sequels, especially the third game are better than what Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive is offering. Still, in playing through this again for the first time in a few years I had a great time. It was amazing to have a strategy game be so cinematic back in 2001 and I feel that it holds up very well to this day. It is easy to get into and the game overall is a ton of fun.

8.5

Final Score

Pros:

  • Each character has their own set of skills to utilize
  • I loved the setting and the story
  • Even now, the game holds up pretty well in the visual department
  • Back in 2001, it stood out from the other games in the genre
  • Cowboys will always be cool!

Cons:

  • The sequels are better
  • Not a lot of incentive to replay the game

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible,

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive supports single modeSingle game mode

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